Eight Greats on the 4th of July–Part 2

Since I include my husband’s family in the scope of my genealogy, I thought I’d write a second post about their whereabouts during the Revolutionary War in honor of the 4th of July.

His great-grandparents were

  • John Mackin (1856-1938), Dane County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. John was the son of the immigrant Christopher Mackin and his wife Mary Nevins. The Irish origin of both Mackins and Nevins is unknown (but I’m pretty sure they were in Ireland during the Revolution).
  • Elesa Lohff (1861-1943), Dane County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. Elesa’s parents Johann Heinrich Cornelius Lohff and Frederike Kroger emigrated from Mecklenburg-Schwerin with their six oldest children in the mid-1850s. I know the names of Heinrich and Frederike’s parents, but haven’t traced the family farther back.
  • John Isaac Galt (1859-1936), Dane County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. John’s father is unknown; his mother is Ellen Galt, whose parents John Galt and Jeanette Wylie, were from Dundonald, Ayrshire, and Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. The Galts and allied families (McClymont, Harper, Allen) were small tradesmen in Dundonald, not far from the Royal Troon golf course (perhaps this is where my husband gets his interest in golf) going back into the eighteenth century. Not related to the Galts was Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, a naval captain (later admiral) during the Napoleonic wars who served as a model for the fictional characters of Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey.
  • Jessie Sturtevant (1868-1932), Dane County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. Jessie’s adoptive parents Joel B. Sturtevant and Sarah Chapman were Vermonters whose colonial roots go back to Massachusetts and Connecticut. Jessie’s biological parents were a Scottish immigrant from Dumfriesshire and an English immigrant from Yorkshire.
  • Thomas Kinney (1850-1923), Walworth County, Wisconsin, Buchanan and Mitchell Counties, Iowa. Thomas’ father Thomas Kinney was born in the area of Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland. His mother Anne Conner’s Irish origins are unknown.
  • Sophia Mary Clark (1858-1951), Buchanan and Mitchell Counties, Iowa. Sophia’s Clark grandfather was born probably in western Pennsylvania in 1798. His ancestry is unknown. Her Emery grandparents immigrated from Ireland (probably northern Ireland, as they were Presbyterians) about the time of the Revolution. Her maternal side (Neville, Richardson, Buckmaster, Barnes, Inman) has deep colonial roots in Maryland and Delaware. Her great-great-grandfather Peter Barnes was a Revolutionary War militiaman in Maryland, and possibly also in western Pennsylvania.
  • Charles A. Gerbig (1861-1935), Rock County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. Charles’ father Johann Michael Gerbig was born in Erbach, Hesse, Germany, and his mother Catherine Louise Weigle was born in Grossbottwar, Wurttemberg.
  • Mary Decker (1861-1944), Mitchell County, Iowa. Mary was the daughter of German immigrants Martin Decker, whose family goes back to Mainz, Hesse Darmstadt, and Susan Small, also born in Hesse Darmstadt.